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Playing host to large trade fairs since the 12th Century, the celebrated Römerberg square is located in the Old Town (Alstadt) of Frankfurt. It also witnessed grand celebrations marking the coronation of Roman Emperors. At the center, stands the majestic Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen or the Fountain of Justice, with the statue of goddess Justitia. South of Römerberg, is the Historisches Museum displaying artifacts and historical models of Frankfurt. Facing the museum is a small but beautiful 11th-century Gothic church - Alte Nikolaikirche. Several attractions lie in the surroundings of this charming square so stop for a visit while in the city.
The Eiserne Steg, probably Frankfurt's best known bridge, is a romantic 19th-century footbridge over the river Main. The bridge itself is made of iron, the bridgeheads of red sandstone. The 174 meter-long footpath has been adapted several times over the years, and is now accessible by children and the disabled. Blown up towards the end of WWII, today's bridge is a reconstruction of the old Eiserner Steg. It affords a fantastic view overlooking the shimmering river and makes for a nice spot to take in the atmosphere.
The Alte Oper or the Old Opera House still looks as magnificent and imposing as it did when it was inaugurated by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1880. The building was financed by affluent Frankfurt citizens and was designed in an Italian Renaissance style by Richard Lucae. Destroyed in a 1944 air raid, it was rebuilt later and renamed the 'Old Opera Concert and Conference Center'. The main auditorium, the Grosser Saal with seating for about 2500 people, is the central part of the building and is used for concerts and musical extravaganzas. Smaller rooms can be hired for functions, conferences, corporate events, receptions, product launches and so on. Visitors can obtain refreshments in the cafe, the restaurant or the bistro.
Originally part of the Holzhausen family's estate, this beautiful park was bought by the City of Frankfurt in 1910. Since then, the park has been a retreat from the chaos of city life. Adolph von Holzhausen Park is especially wonderful for children, they can enjoy themselves on the swings, sandpits and the little playhouse. At the centre of the park is the splendid Holzhausenschlösschen, built in the French Baroque style. The castle is a major attraction for visitors, and holds exhibitions and concerts as well as special events for children.
Situated in the Westend precinct of Frankfurt, the Grüneburgpark is one of the largest and most loved parks in Frankfurt. The old masters like Wolfgang Goethe would seek solace in this lush greenery and seek inspiration here. Grüneburg which literally means Green Castle, was once the site of a castle in the 14th century but as time passed, it went on to become a 29 hectare green space for the public. One of the focal points of the park is the Korean Garden, which is segregated into four areas symbolizing the four seasons. Because of the park's proximity to the business district and educational institutions, a lot of students and businessmen come here to unwind after work.
Originally established in 1869 to house the Duke of Nassau's plant collection, the Palmengarten (Palm Garden) contains a stunning array of exotic plants. Visitors are free to wander through the gardens, although guided tours are recommended for those who want to learn more about the plants. Numerous activities take place here throughout the year, including open-air classical concerts in the Summer, the Festival of Light in June, the Autumn Festival in September and the Orchid Festival in October.